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The Destroying Angel and Daemons of Evil Interrupting the Orgies of the Vicious and Intemperate

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Dramatic scene of a classical temple being destroyed by an angel and its occupants attacked by satyr-like daemons. The central figure of a huge destroying angel, in the upper part of the composition, soars through the temple decked with golden statues, leaving a trail of fire and crumbling temple columns to the left. In the foreground is a chaotic scene of the semi-nude figures of men and women under attack and desperately trying to escape from a group of dark, muscular demons with pointed ears who advance from the right, brutalising and carrying away semi-nude female figures and, in the centre foreground, a demon figure wields a metal chain over the bodies of figures lying on the floor.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 101.9 x W 127.8 cm

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gift from Sir Joseph Whitworth, 1882

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